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Andy Schulz co-drives Armin SchwarzTranssyberia Rally 2008

Stuttgart. After his debut in 2007, the former European rally champion Armin Schwarz (44) will again contest the Transsyberia Rally for Porsche in 2008. Schwarz will be navigated by double Dakar winner Andy Schulz (53). Manning the second Porsche AG vehicle is Carles Celma. The 37-year-old also contested the long distance rally from Moscow to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar last year. His co-driver is Germany’s Wolf-Hendrik Unger (59), who contested marathon rallies for Porsche in the eighties.

“The Transsyberia Rally was completely new territory for me last year. I gained a huge amount of experience during the 14 day event through Russia and Mongolia. At such a rally, the co-driver plays a major role. So with Andy Schulz I’m thrilled to have one of the most experienced and successful marathon navigators alongside me,” claims Armin Schwarz optimistically. “I’ve navigated many international pilots over the years but by now I haven’t had the pleasure of co-driving Armin. So I’m very much looking forward to working with him. I hope I can contribute a lot to success,” says Andy Schulz.

Carles Celma also draws on the experience of his co-driver: “Wolf-Hendrik Unger has co-driven a Porsche 959 through the desert with Jacky Ickx. Moreover, he is a good engineer and speaks six languages. So when he tells me where to go then he knows what he’s talking about.“

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Armin Schwarz
Born on: 16 July 1963
Nationality: German
Residence: Ehrwald (Austria)
Profession: Rally professional, master car mechanic
Hobbies: Mountain biking, historic rally cars

Career:

2008 
Transsyberia Rally (Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia)
1st place San Felipe 250 (AGM-Buggy)
2007
Transsyberia Rally, 1 leg win (Porsche),
Score Offroad Racing Series, 3 races (AGM-Buggy)
2006
Baja 1000 (AGM-Buggy))
2005
WRC (Skoda)
2003
7th place Cyprus Rally (Hyundai)
2002
7th place Cyprus Rally (Hyundai)
2001
3rd place Safari Rally (Skoda), 2nd place Race of Champions
2000
5th place Acropolis Rally, Greece
1997
3rd place Portugal Rally (Ford)
1996
European Rally Champion (Toyota)
1995
4th place Poland Rally and New Zealand Rally (Toyota)
1994
2nd place Acropolis Rally, Greece (Mitsubishi)
1993
3rd place Acropolis Rally, Greece (Mitsubishi)
1992
5th place Rally Catalunya, Spain and Corsica Rally, France (Toyota)
1991
Winner WRC Rally Catalunya, Spain (Toyota)
1990
5th place Rally Monte Carlo (Toyota)
1988
Winner German Rally Championship (Audi)
1987
Winner German Rally Championship (Audi)
1986
Winner Mitropa Rally Cup (Audi)

Andy Schulz
Born on: 3rd March 1955
Nationality: German
Residence: Dubai (UAE)
Profession: Professional co-driver, master car mechanic
Hobbies: Skiing

Career:

2008 
Transsyberia Rally (Cayenne S Transsyberia)
2007
7th place Dakar Rally, 3rd place Transibérico Rally (VW)
2006
2nd place Baja Spain, 3rd place Morocco Rally (VW)
2004
1st place UAE Desert Challenge, 5th place Dakar Rally (Mitsubishi)
2003
Winner Dakar Rally, 5th place Tunisia Rally (Mitsubishi)
2002
2nd place Dakar Rally, 2nd place Morocco Rally (Mitsubishi)
2001
Winner Dakar Rally, 1st place Baja Italy (Mitsubishi)
2000
6th place Dakar Rally, 2nd place Por las Pampas Rally (Mitsubishi)
1999
6th place Dakar Rally (Mitsubishi)
1998
4th place Dakar Rally (Mitsubishi)
1997
4th place Dakar Rally (Mitsubishi)
1996
6th place Dakar Rally, 6th place UAE Desert Challenge (Mitsubishi)
1995
10th place Dakar Rally (Mitsubishi)
1994
4th place Dakar Rally (Mitsubishi)4th place Dakar Rally (Mitsubishi)
1990
1st time contesting Dakar Rally (Mitsubishi)
1976
1st time as rally co-driver in the German Rally Championship

Carles Celma
Born on: 19th October 1970
Nationality: Spanish
Residence: Barcelona
Profession: Driving instructor and manager
Hobbies: Cycling, enduro sport

Career:

2008 
Competitor Transsyberia Rally
2007
Competitor Transsyberia Rally (1 leg win)
2001
Competitor Spanish Enduro Championship
1996
Competitor regional Motorbike Trial competitions
1992
Competitor regional Motorbike Trial competitions
1989
Competitor Spanish Enduro Championship (Enduro de Reus)
1987
Entry in enduro racing

Wolf-Hendrik Unger
Born on: 20th November 1948
Nationality: German
Residence: Heilbronn
Profession: Graduate engineer (car technician)
Hobbies: Cycling, skiing, diving, photography

Career:

1997 
Youngtimer Trophy Nürburgring (Porsche 911)
1993
Paul Ricard 24 hour race (Porsche 356)
1986
6th place Paris-Dakar Rally (co-driver to R. Kussmaul, Porsche 959)
1985
Pharaohs’ Rally (co-driver to Jacky Ickx, Porsche 959)
Dakar Rally (co-driver to R. Kussmaul, Mercedes 280GE)
1983
Ice crew Rally Monte Carlo (Porsche 911 Carrera RS)
1982
Ice crew Rally Monte Carlo (Porsche 911 Carrera S)

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